Sixty-nine percent of people worldwide say they have confidence in their local police, and 68 percent say they feel safe walking alone at night where they live. According to the Gallup Global Law & Order Report 2018, the index score for the world in 2017 was 81 out of 100, with individual countries’ scores ranging from a high of 97 in Singapore to 44 in Venezuela.
This is Venezuela’s second consecutive appearance at the bottom of the list, with 17 percent of residents saying they feel safe walking alone at night, and only 24 percent expressing confidence in their police, however both percentages mark improvement from the record lows set in Venezuela in 2016. Forty-two percent of Venezuelans report having property or money stolen in the past year.
Afghanistan was a close second-worst, with a score of 45. Afghans were more likely to be victims of theft but had more confidence in local police.
By region, Latin America and the Caribbean score the lowest on security, with a score of 62 out of 100. Only 42 percent of people in this region are confident in their local police, compared to between 80 and 82 percent in Southeast Asia, Western Europe or the U.S. and Canada.
The overall Law & Order Score for the U.S. is 84, alongside Sweden, the Czech Republic, France and Taiwan.